Hanging Out with Friends: Do it on a Budget

by Marissa on October 9, 2013 · 13 comments

I like going for drinks with friends. There, I said it. I tend to work 15-hour days and want to spend time unwinding with people I care about after work-but I also happen to do it a few times a week.

It’s not that I want stop taking advantage of the warm weather we’ve had the last few days but rather, I want to keep more money in my pocket. As a result, I’ve taken a look at how to cut back on the spending, but not on the fun.  We all know the perks of saving money. There are plenty of blogs that can tell you that. That being said, I’m not here to preach about getting an annuity quote, but to give practical advice on saving money.

Dining in:

Eating in is the most obvious solution for the chronic diner but somehow goes forgotten. Only a fool would pass on cooking the same lacklustre pasta I get from the restaurants at home. I can save myself, and my guest, at least $20/meal. That adds up fairly quickly and the funny thing is, some meals are better at home.

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Free shows & events:

Every city hosts a number of events every week. The key is finding something that is of interest to you and heading there to enjoy with people you care about. For example, one of the most popular free events in Toronto started this weekend: Nuit Blanche. The city showcased artwork from around the world and crowds flocked to see it.


No, that was not a mistake. Pre-drinking can save you a ton of money if your goal is to go out and get highly inebriated. I do not recommend this if you’re just planning a casual evening with the girls, but tailgating or before a big night at a bar is a perfectly acceptable venue for this.

Coffee dates:

A cup of coffee costs less than $2 while dinner and drinks can cost upwards of $30. If the point is to spend time with your friends and catch up (or gossip), meals aren’t entirely necessary. If you’re really trying to save money, you can always bypass buying coffee as well and make it all about the lovely company you’re with.


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